President Bush Deserves A Green Star

President Bush makes remarks on the climate, April 16, 2008, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
Global warming.

You may have heard of it. A lot of people around the planet seem to think it's a problem. Burning all those fossil fuels, heating up the atmosphere, polar caps melting … that sort of thing.

The Bush White House, which has long turned a cold shoulder to global warming, does seem to be thawing a bit. From time to time, you even hear the president say words like, "climate change".

No, the White has not asked for solar panels for the roof…nor has it requested Prius limousines. But the President who does love the outdoors and does ride a mountain bike, is creeping ever closer to becoming a bonafide tree hugger.

Yesterday, Mr. Bush announced the United States will try to stop the growth of green house gasses by 2025.

By then, most of us will have been burned to a crisp.

But we should acknowledge that while perhaps a tad short of what needs to be done, the President should get a green star for trying.

By Harry Smith